Who Moved My CheesebySpencer Johnson : Who Moved My CheesebySpencer Johnson A Book Report for Educators
Jennifer James Summary : Summary Who Moved My Cheese is a story about change. It takes place in a maze with four characters looking for cheese. The cheese represents the things we want to have in life – money, health, happiness, success, etc. The maze represents the place where we spend time looking for our cheese. This might be the workplace, home, or community. The characters, Sniff, Scurry, Hem, and Haw, face an unexpected total loss of cheese. Readers see how each character successfully and not so successfully deals with the change. It is a delightfully powerful tale about learning, adjusting, and growing. Strategy for Change : Strategy for Change Sniff & Scurry
Did not hang onto old ways
Applied trial and error
Although not an efficient strategy, it proved successful in the end mainly because their early start provided them with time to find the cheese. Strategy for Change : Strategy for Change Hem
Did not notice change was coming
Hung onto old ways
Allowed fear to paralyze him
Too serious and close-minded
Strategy proved totally unsuccessful in finding new cheese. Strategy for Change : Strategy for Change Haw (slow at first, but eventually got moving)
Faced his fear of the unknown
Let go of old attachments
Learned to laugh at himself
Did not give up
Developed an appreciation for the experiences that change provides
He was slow at first, but eventually learned to read, understand and internalize the writing on the wall. He found successful strategies for change. Strategies for Successful ChangeThe Handwriting on the Wall from Who Moved My Cheese : Strategies for Successful ChangeThe Handwriting on the Wall from Who Moved My Cheese Change Happens
Adapt to Change Quickly
Be Ready to Quickly Change & Enjoy It, Again How do these strategies fit into the world of education? : How do these strategies fit into the world of education? I. Change Happens
With technology leading the way in the 21st century, educators must realize that their teaching methods must keep up as well. Gone are the days of looking information up in a hardbound encyclopedia. Teachers must keep up with new ways to present information, make assignments meaningful, evaluate for real learning, and use data in their decision making. How do these strategies fit into the world of education? : How do these strategies fit into the world of education? II. Anticipate Change
Educators must keep their “ear to the ground” when it comes to anticipating change. Keeping abreast of policy changes, new technology, and ever-changing student needs will keep a teacher prepared and ready for change. How do these strategies fit into the world of education? : How do these strategies fit into the world of education? III. Monitor Change
This goes right along with anticipating change. Educators need to read professional journals, attend workshops, and collaborate with colleagues to stay connected with current trends and issues in the teaching profession. How do these strategies fit into the world of education? : How do these strategies fit into the world of education? IV. Adapt to Change Quickly
When the winds of change begin to blow, educators need to be ready for it. Finding someone (colleague, administrator, board member, etc.) who is well-informed about the forthcoming change will be able to offer assistance and guidance. The more informed you become, the faster you will be able to adapt to the change. How do these strategies fit into the world of education? : How do these strategies fit into the world of education? V. Change
There are never enough hours in an educator’s day to complete all that needs to be accomplished. Resisting change only wastes valuable time. The less resistant to change one is, the more time is saved. Accept change and move on. How do these strategies fit into the world of education? : How do these strategies fit into the world of education? VI. Enjoy Change
Educators need to learn how to embrace and appreciate the experiences that change brings. Educators spend a lot of time preaching to students about the value of hard work, perseverance, trying new things, and growing. Teachers need to practice what they preach. Be thankful for the new experiences that stretch you in new directions and add to the total person that you are. How do these strategies fit into the world of education? : How do these strategies fit into the world of education? VII. Be Ready To Quickly Change & Enjoy It, Again!
Educators wish to instill a love for learning within their students. Facing change with a positive eagerness to learn and grow will show students that you, too, are a lifelong learner. 3 Action Steps for Educators : 3 Action Steps for Educators 1. Anticipate & Monitor
Education is notorious for programs that come and go, administrators with varied styles of leadership, and for students with unique, individual needs. Teachers need to be ready. These types of changes are inevitable.
2. Adapt Quickly
When faced with change, it is best to become informed and adapt quickly. Resisting will only cause frustration and waste time. Each school year passes by rapidly. Teachers should avoid falling behind. It is much better to be ahead of the curve than behind it.
Educators need to view change as an opportunity for growth. Whether it is new administration, teaching methods, student accountability requirements, or parent demands, it all adds to the total teaching experience. It all adds to the richness and expansiveness of each educator. Final Thoughts : Final Thoughts Whether you see yourself as Sniff, Scurry, Hem or Haw isn’t the most important lesson to take away from this presentation. The most important aspect is that you have the power to change YOU. Your attitude and approach to change will make all the difference. Don’t let change control you, but rather, you control your outlook on change. Remember – Don’t be afraid to wrap your arms around it and see where it takes you.